Video/Transcript: Jermaine Johnson, Zamir White, Lewis Cine and John FitzPatrick Interviews

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Video/Transcript: Jermaine Johnson, Zamir White, Lewis Cine and John FitzPatrick Interviews

On the type of offense becoming common in the SEC such as with Alabama and LSU and what UGA can do to adjust to it…

“It just comes down to your game plan and how well you can execute it and what you can do to not make any mistakes. It’s a football game. There’s a winner and a loser, and the loser makes the most mistakes so we just have to do better with not many as many mistakes, hopefully none.”

On whether he thinks Georgia’s loss to Alabama was a result of mistakes by UGA or a matter of execution by Alabama…

“When you have two teams like Alabama and Georgia— Alabama is a pretty great team and we have a pretty great team— so when you have teams like that, with players like that, plays are going to be made. Like I said, you can only hope that either your team makes more plays or your team makes the least amount of mistakes. Like I said, It’s a football game. Things happen, and things happened a little more in [Alabama’s] favor and they executed very well.”

On the reason he and his teammates have been able to create more havoc this season than last…

“I don’t know. We’ve just been cutting loose. It’s been a big point of emphasis at practice. The ball, the ball, the ball. So, I think it’s just been guys playing fast and trusting their technique to go out there and make plays. It’s been no secret formula or anything. We’ve made more of an emphasis about the ball and been trying to attack it as much as we can.”

On how he feels about the run game and what he wants to see do better…

“I feel the run game there’s some stuff we need to pick up, but that’s on all of us. The offense needs to come together more and lock it in.”

On if he suffered an injury during the Tennessee game and how has that affected him…

“I was a little out of sort, I couldn’t do what I wanted to do. Now, I’m fine and feeling 110%.

On if he would want to get more returns…

“Sure, if they kick it to me. If not, I’m going to block for Kenny [McIntosh] or whoever is out there, we’re brothers. So I have to put it out there and give it my all.”

On how much the defense needed the off week…

“The by-week was unexpected, but we adjusted well to that. We used it to get better and focus on our skills. We didn’t scheme on anyone, but we got guys reps and focused on the little things.” 

On what the defense can do better…

“You’re going to win some and lose some, it’s part of the game. Mistakes were made on our part and they capitalized on them and made more plays. We’re going to correct them and be ready for when we play them again.”

On what they learned after the Alabama game… 

“Alabama has a lot of great weapons on offense, but we need to play our assignments correctly and composed, even when things aren’t going well or how they should. Next time we play another team like Alabama, we will play to our standard and not allow certain plays to go by and capitalize on opportunities.”

On practice last week in terms of the offense getting better…

“As tight ends we want to focus more on the run game and being more efficient in our routes. We took those three days to work on that, and we got better.”

On what he thinks the identity of the offense is…

“Our identity is a hard-nosed offense that is going to run the ball efficiently. We’re going to take our shots and spread the ball around. Whatever coach [Todd] Monken dials up we’re going to go do it.”

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Greg is closing in on 11 years writing about and photographing UGA sports. While often wrong and/or out of focus, it has been a long, strange trip full of fun and new friends.